“Going out with a celebrity is no different from going out with your best friends.”
Meeting celebrities as a full-time job and going on nights out with famous singers would be the dream for most people. For 20-year-old Eve Thomas, it’s the reality.
At the young age of 17, sleeping in a “cabin that slightly resembled a prison” working at Glastonbury as the Pyramid Stage Production Office Receptionist, set her on her way to other exciting but equally nerve-wracking opportunities. “There was a moment when I watched a 4×4 land rover pull up outside the door, and continued to watch all the Beckhams get out the car. I literally felt like I was in a dream world! I’m usually not phased at all at festivals, as seeing famous singers is part of the day to day but when you are seeing people like Johnny Depp and Bradley Cooper… (who) even came to our staff party… it’s a completely different story.”
Eve is a Festival Assistant in London, following in her Mum’s footsteps. Luckily for her, her mother is a well-established music promoter herself with “contacts coming out of her ears,” but that didn’t mean that getting her foot in the door was not without hard work and grind.
With ambitions to move out of Cornwall and live in London after college, Eve now works with Mainstage in London and assists with all areas of festivals including: staff travel, artist bookings, sponsors, press and media. “It took months for me to find a job and somewhere to live and it was super stressful and disheartening… Then I remembered someone, who is now my current boss, who I met in the backstage smoking area of NASS a couple of years ago. Turns out, the company was looking for a festival assistant intern for 6 months.” Now, no longer an intern, Eve is a full time member of the team, helping her mum in Cornwall in her spare time.
As part of her Artist Liaison work with her Mum at SW1 Productions and her full-time work in London, making lasting friendships with inspirational artists is something others envy. Getting close to Sam Fender is just one of the perks of her job.
“My favourite memory of Sam and I is when I went to Newcastle and we spent hours in a karaoke bar drinking the incredibly cheap gin and tonics. We did a duet of King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar, he definitely out shone me on that one. Him and his band are like my Geordie brothers, we always have the best time and I adore them. But going out with a famous person is no different to going out with your best friends.”
It’s clear after her work in the industry that celebrities are just as ordinary as everyone else, “unless” as Eve said, “maybe they are Kanye West who swans about in private bars with hundreds of bottles of Dom Perignon.” Eve spoke proudly of her humble celebrity friend, talking of how Sam Fender became who he is today from working in a small pub in Newcastle at 18, when one night Ben Howard’s Manager came in. Sam’s bar manager said to him to go and get his guitar and set up in the corner, resulting in his musical talent to be noticed.
“His story to success is the embodiment of the phase ‘right place right time’ along with his endless streams of talent pouring from him… I love that story because it encourages people to shoot your shot.”
Eve herself also “shot her shot” to get into the role she has today, not applying to UCAS when college put pressure on her to do so, knowing that University wouldn’t be as useful as getting straight in to a job. If it wasn’t for music, she would probably go in to Art but never had as strong of a connection with it as she did with the music industry.
“I’ve known since I was about 12 that this is what I would be doing for the rest of my life, no doubt about it. I have no regrets not going to uni, not a single one. The only thing is that it was much harder to make friends in London when you aren’t at uni with people your own age. All of my friends are a lot older, so I feel as if i’m growing up super fast.”